Let’s Eat Cake Birthday Card

Eat Cake Birthday Card

Nothing like getting a sweet 3-tiered layered cake for your Birthday.

Thanks to the Eat Cake Stamp and Die Set* from The Maker’s Movement*,

you can send everyone a special cake on their birthday.

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Eat Cake Birthday Card

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Eat Cake Birthday Card

Directions:

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Stamp portions of the cake on patterned paper from the Rainbow Sprinkles Paper Pad*.
  • For extra dimension, place the stamped paper onto white cardstock.
  • Cut the “icing layer” using a fine-detailed scissor and adhere the layer on top of the cut-out cake layer. 
  • My secret ingredient for this “fussy cut” 3-tiered cake is my Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*. It makes applying the layers extremely easy.  Just place the paper into the machine and crank the handle, as it runs through the sticker-maker it adds a layer of adhesive onto the back of the paper.

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Cut a frame using the Crafty Chica Nested Frame Die Set*and white cardstock.
  • Use paper from the Simply Spring Slimline Paper Pad to create a layer for the inside of the frame.

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Here’s a closeup of the cake all layered up.  Each layer is slightly thicker than the first.
  • Color the top of the candle using Tombow ART Markers*.
  • Add 3D Foam Mounting Squares* to the back of the cake and place it onto the bottom of the frame.

Eat Cake Birthday Card

  • Cut a small “Happy Birthday” banner from the Rainbow Sprinkles Paper Pad and add to the top of the card.
  • A fun birthday card for any age.

Cheers to Dad on Father’s Day

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

A Father’s Day Card for my Husband.

My husband loves golf.  (I mean, he LOVES GOLF!)

So, once a year, on Father’s Day weekend, I give my husband the gift

of a guilt-free weekend.  Don’t get me wrong; he has many other

guilt-free weekends throughout the year.

It’s just that this one is “guaranteed” to be guilt-free.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

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Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

To make a more realistic-looking foam, I used White Liquid Applique*.

  • Squirt the liquid applique onto a piece of white cardstock.
  • Use a Brayer* to spread out the liquid applique.
  • Allow the liquid applique to dry.
  • To raise the liquid applique, heat with a heat tool.
  • Using the Cheers Die Set*, die-cut the paper with the foam die.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

For easy assembly, run the paper through the Xyron Create a Sticker Mini*.

It adds a thin layer of adhesive to the back of the paper and makes adding small letters a breeze.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

For added dimension, use adhesive craft foam under the beer mug and the word “Cheers”.

Cheers to Dad Father's Day Card

It’s the perfect card for my husband.

This is his perfect weekend.

After golfing, he grabs a cold one while he sits and watches golf on the television.

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Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Cardmaking with Vinyl…

Did you know that the same vinyl you use to embellish everyday items

around your home can be used to create beautiful cards?

StyleTechCraft adhesive vinyl makes it easy to create cards with intricate and delicate designs.

Use it with your Cricut or Cameo electronic cutters and even with steel rule dies.

The possibilities are endless!

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

This month the StyleTechCraft Design Team was asked to use Polished Metal Vinyl

to create a project.  In the past several years, I’ve added StyleTechCraft vinyl

to almost every imaginable surface around my house.

I have used it on plates, glasses, coffee cups, vases, metal, wood and more.

But I often forget to use it to create cards.

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Materials Used:

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Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

Card Details:

Card Making with StyleTechCraft Vinyl

After making the birthday card, I thought the silver was so light and delicate that

it would make a perfect Congratulations card. Perfect for a wedding or anniversary.

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Heart Cards for All Occasions

Heart Cards for All Occasions

If you like making cards with hearts…

there’s no reason to stop just because Valentine’s Day’s over.

You can make heart cards any time of the year.

Maker's Movement Striped Heart Die

I used the New Striped Heart Die* from The Maker’s Movement with several of

their older dies to create several Heart Cards for use with several of life’s celebrations.

Hearts and Love are great anytime.

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Heart Cards for All Occasions

Pink Heart Card

  • I played with different patterns in the same pink hues to make these simple heart cards.
  • I adhered the paper onto white cardstock using my Xyron Creative Station* to make a double layer before die-cutting the heart.  It gives the “heart” a little dimension without being too much.

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Heart Cards for All Occasions

Rainbow Heart Card

Heart Cards for All Occasions

Baby Heart Tag Card

Heart Cards for All Occasions

Gold Heart Card

Eileen Hull & Sizzix New Dies

Chapter 1 Eileen Hull Sizzix Release

It’s that time of year when Sizzix releases its new designs.

And being part of the Eileen Hull Teams, I wanted to share a few projects

that I made with Eileen’s New Dies.

Watercolor Floral Postal Collage Card

The “Watercolor Floral Postal Card” is made using the Snail Mail Thinlets Die Set*.

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Watercolor Floral Postal Collage Card

The snail mail die* is a faux postage stamp pane that fits on the front of an A-2 card.

It’s easy to create postage stamps by tearing them apart with a ruler

and the perforation marks.

Mae's Treasure Box made using Eileen Hull Sizzix XL Scoreboard Book Box Die

My favorite project hands-down is this sweet little treasure box

that I made for my new granddaughter that is coming in May.

I’m very excited to have a little more “pink” in my life.

I will be sharing more on how I put this box together later in the month.

It uses the New Eileen Hull XL Score-Board Book Box*.

This die is very versatile because you use it to create a book or a box.

Eileen Hull Sizzix Phone Stand

The New Phone Stand Die* is a quick and easy project to put together.

So easy to personalize with your favorite patterned paper.

And it looks good sitting on my desk.

These phone stands would make a fun gift.

Eileen Hull Sizzix 2022 Chapter One Release Party

Check out the Designers Links below for even more ideas. 

There’s a giveaway too! If you leave a comment for each of the designers in the Release Party Hop, or during the Facebook Live or YouTube video, you will be eligible to win one of the newly released products! Tell us what your favorite new product is and what you plan to do with it! Thanks for hopping with us

Sue Eldred (you are here!)

 

Simple Heart Shaker Card

Simple Heart Shaker Card

Shake things up this Valentine’s Day with a cute Simple Heart Shaker Card

made with the Simple Heart Shaker Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

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Simple Heart Shaker Card

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Simple Heart Shaker Card

How to make a Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Start with a 5″ x 5″ white card base.
  • Die-cut the pieces for the shaker element using the Always & Forever paper pad.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Cut 3¼” x 3¼” piece of striped paper, die-cut the heart shape in the center of the striped paper.
  • Cut a 3¼” x 3¼” piece of Valentine’s words.
  • Die-cut a silver heart border using silver adhesive vinyl or silver cardstock.
  • Die-cut a pink gingham frame using the scalloped frame die.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  • To create the dimensional rose on the front of the card, “fussy cut” a large and small rose from the rose background paper found in the paper pad.
  • Place a small a thin 3D foam square* under both roses and adhere the smaller rose to the top of the larger rose.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Adhere the scalloped gingham frame to the front of the striped paper with the heart cut-out.
  • Cut a 3¼” x 3¼” piece of clear acetate.  Remove the protective coating off of the acetate and adhere to the back of the heart-opening.
  • Adhere the silver heart border to the front of the acetate inside the heart-opening.
  • Die-cut the adhesive craft foam using the square foam cutter die.  You’ll need to use one that is larger than the heart-opening.
  • Adhere the craft foam square to the back of the acetate.
  • Cut a 4½” x 4½” rose background layer and adhere to the center of the white card.
  • Adhere the Valentine words layer to the center of the rose background layer.
  • The easiest way to add the shaker sprinkles is to place the sprinkles onto the middle of the valentine words layer.  Remove the protective coating from the back of the foam square frame and place the layers over the shaker sprinkles and onto the white card.

Simple Heart Shaker Card

  • Adhere the dimensional rose to the front of the card at the top of the heart.
  • Cut the tiny words “You are the best” using the Valentine’s word paper and adhere to the bottom of the gingham frame.
  • Add valentine’s greeting (found in the Always & Forever paper pad) to the inside of the card.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I was recently reintroduced to the Gel Press, a reusable gel printing plate.

I’d seen the Gel Press in action a few years ago and even briefly tried my hand at it.

The Gel Press is a fun and creative way to make backgrounds.

This month, the Eileen Hull Teams collaborated with Gel Press

to create some awesome samples.  Check out Eileen’s Blog Here.

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

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Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I watched several Gel Press videos online before jumping right in.

I was impressed with the idea of using die-cuts to make backgrounds

and used a few of Eileen’s Dies to make mine.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Here’s how I made the Snowflake Background:

  • Start with several colors of acrylic paint and use a Brayer* to blend the paint onto the gel press.
  • Place the Snowflake die-cuts (cut using the Wreath & Snowflake Thinlet Die Set*) directly onto the paint.
  • Place a white piece of paper onto the gel press and press over the cardstock to remove the excess paint.
  • Remove the snowflake die-cuts.  Place another piece of cardstock over the Gel Press to pick up the remaining paint and patterns.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I die-cut another snowflake in blue and adhered it to the background to create this card.

I used the Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Folder* to create the background layer.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

I also tried the same technique using dye inkpads instead of paint.  

I used small inkpads and dabbed them all over the gel press.

Use a Brayer* to blend the inks before adding the snowflake die-cuts.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Use the Xyron Creative Station* to adhere the snowflake background paper

to Mat Board*. Die-cut the mat board using the Tiny Book Die to create

this sweet little album.  (This tiny album measures 2 1/4″ x 3″.)

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

The perfect mini-album to add those snowy day pictures.

Creating Backgrounds with Gel Press

Create a simple accordion out cardstock for the inside pages of the album.

Interested in learning more about using the Gel Press?  Check out this video.

Love You Forever Valentine Cards

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

Spread the Love this year with handmade Valentines.

The Love You Forever Valentine’s Day cards were created two different ways

using the “Love You Forever” Die Set from the Maker’s Movement.

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

The first card is a clean and simple shaker card,

and the other is more of a traditionally decorated Valentine’s Card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Cards

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Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Directions:

  • This card measures 6″ x 6″.
  • Cut a 5″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock.
  • The die set comes with two different dies, the outline, and the words. Place the “outline die” onto the white cardstock and die-cut using a die-cut machine.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  •  Turn the cardstock over and adhere a piece of clear acetate onto the cardstock.
  • Cut the double-sided adhesive foam into thin strips and place it around the edges of the cardstock.
  • One of my favorite tips for die-cutting small pieces is to run the paper through the Xyron Creative Station* to add a layer of adhesive to the back before I die-cut. The paper pieces become stickers which make adhering them to cards very easy.
  • Die-cut the words “Love you forever” using cranberry paper ran through the Xyron Creative Station*.
  • Adhere the words onto the front of the acetate.
  • For the card base, cut a 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of striped paper (found in the Always & Forever Paper Pad) and adhere it onto a 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ cranberry cardstock layer.
  • Adhere layers onto a 6″ x 6″ card.
  • Place shaker sprinkles onto the middle of the card base.
  • Remove the paper backing from the foam strips and place the white acetate layer centered on the card base.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

  • To create the dimensional rose on the front of the card, “fussy cut” a large and small rose from the rose background paper found in the paper pad.
  • Place a small thin foam square under both roses and adhere the smaller rose to the top of the larger rose.  Adhere to the front of the card.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

Shaker Cards are both fun to make and fun to receive. 

And I think this one is my new favorite.

Love You Forever Valentine's Day Card

A completely different look using the same Valentine die set and paper pad. 

  • I used the Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the “Valentine Sayings” paper, from the “Forever & Always” paper pad, before die-cutting the words.
  • This card has a lot of different layers and several dimensional flowers that help make this card special.

Snowflake Kisses

Snowflake Kisses Card

As I finished up my Christmas Cards for the season,

I thought I’d make one last card that isn’t traditionally Christmas.

I wanted to make a Winter card that would work for a Winter Birthday

or Valentine’s Day. (but could also work for a Christmas card)

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Snowflake Kisses Card

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Snowflake Kisses Card

Directions:

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • Line up the “Snow Couple Die” over the stamped image.  Place a small piece of tape over the edge of the die to keep it in place.
  • Die-cut the Snow Couple out.
  • Use the Tombow Markers* to watercolor and color the stamped image.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the frame: Cut a 5″ x 6″ piece of “Christmas Lights” paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad. 
  • Place the paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to move it through the machine. As it moves through, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-cut the paper using dies from the Nested Rectangle Die Set. Adhere the frame onto a piece of “snowflake paper” from the Doodles Pad.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the Card Front:  Cut a small strip of striped paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad, run it through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back. Die-cut the word “LOVE” using the Alphabet Dies.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares* on the back of the snowman couple and adhere inside the frame. Adhere the word LOVE over the snowman couple.
  • Adhere the frame onto a turquoise cardstock layer and a white cardstock base.
  • Finished Card Measures 5″ x 6 1/4″.

Sugar Cookies for Santa Card

Cookies for Santa Card

One of my favorite Holiday Traditions is making Frosted Sugar Cookies.

I use the same recipe year after year.

It’s a simple recipe, written on a piece of notebook paper in my mom’s handwriting.

She wrote out the recipe and gave it to me the first Christmas after I married.

It’s stained, and the edges are tattered.  (I keep it in a protective sleeve now.)

I think of her every time I make them.  (sugar cookie recipe at the end of the post)

Cookies for Santa Card

The “Cookies for Santa” card is just about as easy to make as the cookies themself.  

And you don’t have to wait for it to cool before enjoying it.

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Cookies for Santa Card

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Cookies for Santa Card

Directions:

  • It’s important to use white pigment ink* and white embossing powder* to get the whitest white cookie outline.
  • Stamp the cookie outline with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock.
  • Pour a small amount of white embossing powder over the stamped image, shake off excess powder.  (If you pour over a piece of scratch paper you can easily repour the excess powder back into the jar.)
  • Use an embossing heat tool* to melt the powder until shiny.

Cookies for Santa Card

  • Align the matching die with the stamped image and die-cut using the Mini Maker Die-Cut Machine.
  • The raised embossed edges make it easy to watercolor.  Use a waterbrush* along with a combination of markers and inks to watercolor the stamped images.
  • I used paper and labels from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad for the front of the card.
  • This Christmas Card called for something a little shiny, so I added a piece of red foiled paper as a layer.
  • Adhere the frosted cookies onto the front of the card using thin foam squares.
  • Tie a red bow to finish off the card.

Snowman Cookie Tag

The Snowman Cookie Tag would look great on a wrapped plate of fresh Christmas cookies.

The base was made using a die from the Nested Arch Die Set.

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Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here’s Mom’s Recipe.  (Enjoy!)

  • 1- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. Cream sugar & butter, add egg & flavoring, mix thoroughly.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and stir in.  (I dump)
  3. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 375°.
  5. Divide dough in half & roll out on lightly floured pastry sheet.
  6. Roll thin, but thick enough to pick up the design with the cookie cutters.
  7. Dip cookie cutter into flour before each cutting.  Cut as many cookies from each rolling as possible.  The least amount of working with the dough gives the best cookie.
  8. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 7 to 8 min. or until delicately golden.
  • For the Glaze I dump around a cup of powdered sugar into a bowl.  Add a dash of vanilla.    Add milk one tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you want.  (hint:  not too runny)